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BMW E12 Parts

Includes the models 518, 520i, 525, 528i, 530i, M535i. It was with this model in 1979 that BMW formally introduced the "M" car. 





The E12's were the first 5 Series cars, so-called because they were the fifth new series after the V-8 and Isetta era.

The other four were the 02, 2500/2800/Bavaria, CS and the 3 Series.

BMW E12 5 Series, 1973
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The first 5 series was introduced in 1972 as a European only model. 

The 520 and 520i's were 4 door Sedans with carbureted and fuel injected four-cylinder engines.

The 525 appeared in 1973 as the first six-cylinder model. The 525 had 145 hp and its successor, the 528, had 164 hp.

In 1974, motivated by the worldwide fuel crisis, BMW introduced the frugal 90 hp, four cylinder 518.

The six cylinder 530i was introduced to the American market in 1974. Road & Track magazine made the 530i one of its Ten Best Cars. The 530i boasted a 176 hp engine, four-speed manual transmission, and a top end of 124 mph.

The early US models had several problems including cylinder head cracking, body rust, and ugly "safety" bumpers. Spoilers to the rescue!

Several changes were made in 1977 such as improved ventilation, increased sound insulation, electrically operated side mirrors, two-way sunroof, and ventilated front disc brakes.

Standard equipment included sport wheels, air conditioning, power windows and power steering. 

From 1975 to 1977, BMW produced a 528 Sedan with twin carburetors for the European market. In August 1977, the fuel injected 528i was introduced with 176 hp and a Bosch L-Jetronic induction system.

In 1978 the 528i was exported to the USA with a 3-way catalytic converter and a Bosch Lambda sensor to insure that all emissions standards were met.

And then in 1979 a miracle happened: the first M5 was built for Europe. The M5 had a six cylinder engine with 218 hp and a top speed of 225 kmh/140 mph. The birth of a legend!




Featured Sites

5 Generations of BMW 5 Series cars.

First Fives is dedicated to the M535i, E12 and E28. Has a BMW E12 Registry. is the German E12 homepage.

John G.Burns E12 Page has info, model table and a nice section on what to look out for with the E12.

Unofficial E12 homepage has a very good, extensive FAQ section.

E12 Pictures. Gallery 1 and Gallery 2.

BMW E12 Mania from Carlie Bentley has some nice pictures and links and much more, including an E12 registry.

BMW Performance Home Page has a great E12. It is also the site of another E12 Bulletin Board.

BMW Technical Information is Peter Florance's
technical info page.

Ian's Stuff has a photograph of an E12.

E12 Website in Polish has facts and pictures.

Chilton's BMW: Coupes and Sedans 1970-88

Repair manual for your E12.

Click here for more books.

BMW Information fact pages on the E12 and the M535i.

BMW Car Club of BC Model Info Guide on the E12.

BMW 5-series E12 Message Board.

BMW E12 Repairs and Recalls.  BMW 528i and BMW 530i




Check out these Alpina E12's!

Alpina Burkard Bovensiepen Gmbh & Co. is the Alpina home page.

The unofficial alpina home page  a resource for all Alpinas.

BMW Alpina B7 registry is a page with registry and pictures of an Alpina B7 Turbo Restoration. The links page has an extensive list of BMW parts suppliers and manufacturers.

Jeff Millers Home Page has some interesting pictures of his E12 B7S.

FG's BMW - Alpina Page has some pictures of the Alpina factory and Alpina cars.

The Unofficial BMW Alpina B10 Biturbo Homepage has some nice pictures of a B10.

The Unofficial BMW M5 Homepage has pictures of a recent trip to the Alpina factory.

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